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Stove hood

April 18, 2019, 10:09 am

Does anybody make a stove hood with a fan and an air filter, for stoves that aren't near an outside wall? I'm hoping one might exist with a washable air filter. Thanks. -- Read more »

Builder Screwup pouring foundation

April 5, 2019, 3:17 pm

I'm currently having a home built as well. One of the foundation walls was poured out of square. One end of the wall was poured at the correct locat ion. The framers noticed it was incorrect. ... Read more »

Fine Homebuilding magazines available

July 19, 2018, 9:07 pm

Fine Homebuilding magazines available FREE if you pick them up in Fairfax Virginia or $25 + shipping costs if I ship them. Issues 1 thru 145 – missing 4, 75, 82, 86, 93, 112, 124, 138, 139, 142 Al... Read more »

Steel Tubing Bend Capacity

June 30, 2018, 6:51 pm

I am looking at sinking 25 foot pipe vertically 5 feet below the surface and securing with concrete. The pipe is 2 1/16 OD steel oil pipe. Read more »


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Heating tape/cable on water pipes

January 22, 2018, 3:08 pm

I just had to replace my 33 year old heat tape on my water pipe that runs through an unheated portion of my building. NOTE: this is the self regulating type of heating cable, not the stuff with a ... Read more »

Wall stud planing/sanding

December 30, 2017, 4:43 am

I am working on replacing a uni-body fiberglass shower stall that was installed in when my house was built, with a 3 piece stackable stall. The problem I am running into is the bottom piece is a litt... Read more »

Lead flashing questions ?

November 12, 2017, 7:35 pm

Hi I have a single storey extension being built . The roof has been built and the angles and measurements as per plans . We have tiled the roof and tiles are really close to upvc windows . As per the... Read more »

What to replace side of garage with

October 29, 2017, 4:07 am

I am having to replace the siding to the side of my detached garage. I was wondering if instead of using siding if I could us flat plastic roofing? If yes how should I attach it? Thanks for your hel... Read more »

I'm trying to make the heaviest and slim canopy weight to weigh down a 10' ...

August 11, 2017, 5:45 pm

I'm trying to make the heaviest and slim canopy weight to weigh down a 10' x 10' tent. Any ideas? Read more »

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cedar shingle cutting jig for gable end sidewalls

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We're shingling the sidewalls of a house with northern white cedar shingles. Does anyone have a suggestion for a jig to use in cutting the sets of shingles that head into the gable soffits at the e... Read more »

Horizontal crack in foundation - found on home inspection

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My daughter and her husband were purchasing a 10 year old home and had it inspected. Here is what the inspector found regarding the foundation: HORIZONTAL AND STEP CRACKING WAS OBSERVED ON FRONT FOUN... Read more »

Builder accidentally veered from plans

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We are doing a custom build home in a subdivision and we were very excited to be able to design the layout. The builders are at the point now where tile is going on the floors and with the tile on th... Read more »

Knee Wall bottom plate question

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Hello all, I am finshing off the upper story of my 1 1/2 story Cape Cod, using the usual knee walls. I am building them with a 2x4 bottom plate, 2x4 studs, and a 2x6 top plate bevel-ripped to the roo... Read more »

Remove ceiling/joists in room to have cathedral ceilings ?

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(Sorry for the crosspost, I didn't know this group existed.) I have a room that was added on to the back of my house. It's about 18 x 28 (feet) - a big whopping room. The outside of the room is b... Read more »

Crumbling foundation

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There's 6 to 10 inches of exposed concrete foundation going all the way around my house. About half of it is exposed to the soil and the other half is not because of concrete walkways etc. This ar... Read more »

Floor leveler

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Want to put down pergo type flooring over ceramic tile. Is there a material that can be poured or screeded on top of the tile to flatten the surface? Thanks Mike B Read more »

Deadbeat Homeowner

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- A friend of mine contracted with a homeowner to perform specific work over to be completed by September 29th. The pay was to be... Read more »

finishing basement floor question

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poured concrete basement (walls & floor). saw other thread here w/gentleman asking questions about subfloors. out of courtesy, did not want to hijack the thread. question, instead of laying down a su... Read more »

Removing a support post in the basement?

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Hi all, I'm wondering if I can strengthen the support beam in my basement in order to remove one of the support posts... Here's a sketch of the current design: Read more » is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here. All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.